12.20.2011

Year in Review

For some reason I thought I wasn't going to do this, why? I don't know. But then I got to thinking about how great of a year it really was. I've come a long way from where I was at the beginning of the year. And while you won't really see it in this post, I see it in myself, and I'm so grateful for it.

As New Years is approaching I'm starting to wonder what 2012 will have in store for me. Will it be a good year? Will it be a hard year? Will I accomplish a goal? Will the world end? ;) I have this weird thing where I can tell how the year is going to be before it happens. Maybe it's just me being strange, maybe it's me taking a thought and making it happen, maybe I really do have psychic abilities (something I've often told my family I have. haha!). Whatever it is, I've never been wrong.

Last New Years I knew that this was going to be a good year, and I was right. Yes, this has also been a challenging year. My family's gone through some difficult things and I know that there's always bad with the good. But the good far outweighed the bad this year, and for that I am truly grateful.

I had many moments this year where I literally had to stop and take a mental picture. It was too wonderful, too important to let slip by. Things that I knew I needed to remember for as long as I live.
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This year I:
  • Rock climbed! While it wasn't anything serious, I was terrified. I DO NOT (did not?) rock climb for real. Give me a fake wall- sure. But the real thing always seemed too unpredictable. Well, I did it anyways! And without a lot of fancy equipment too! Just a rope and the know-how of my dad. :)
  • Met bloggers in real life! Not only did I meet many amazing ladies, but we still get together! I've made more friends this year (from all over the world) than I have ever before.
  • Rode (is that right? it suddenly looks wrong) in a "cage" across a canyon! Using nothing but a pulley system, my family and I crossed a canyon on one of the best hikes I've ever taken.
  • Flew over the tallest mountain in North America! While it did make me sick (what can ya do?), it was amazing. I'm so glad I seized that opportunity.
  • Saw the most amazing lake in the world! Seriously, someone take me to a lake that is more perfect than Lake Louise in Banff National Park. If there are any bloggers that live there or in Jasper, make room for me, because I'm moving there! Jk, but I would consider it!
  • Learned about photography! While I am NO expert, my photography skills have GREATLY improved.
  • Walked on 5(?) glaciers! Each one was different, and each amazing.
  • Drove from Anchorage, Alaska to SLC, Utah! That was actually my second time doing that. Except the first time it was the other way around.
I could go on and on about 2011. The couple years before this one weren't the easiest. I was happy they were over. While I know I'll be sad to see '11 go, I'm excited to see what 2012 has in store. :)
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What about you? Did you have a good year? Or are you ready to move on?
(you can actually read about some of my travels in my guest post over at A Dreamer's Daze today!)

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24 comments

LindsayNicole said...

Awesome pics girl! What a great year indeed! Thanks for sharing this, what a great idea! Hope you have a fantastic Tuesday!

-Lindsay

Ruthie Hart said...

I love the year in review idea! You had an amazing year!

GingerPeachT said...

That is pretty uncanny how you can tell if it will be a good year or bad. I noticed most of your pics you are dressed for cool weather! I envy that lol

Is it bad to not know if this year was a great year or not? Hmmm maybe I'll reflect more of that and come to a decision by new years.:-)

Sarah@AlpinePoppy said...

What a great run down of your year, thanks for inviting all of us along. And Yes, Lake Louise is the most beautiful lake in the world. I will move with you ;)
Merry Christmas!

Natasha Louise said...

This year has FLOWN! I can't believe it, loved seeing your year in pictures, so fun!

Melu103 said...

Dammm love!
what an accomplishment!
sounds like a good year to me

xoxo
Melina ♥
www.onlyaflightaway.blogspot.com

McKenzie King said...

a great year behind and a great year ahead!

Nicole said...

Come to Oregon and go to Crater Lake. It's absolutely breathtaking. It looks fake! But it's not. And as for 2011, I'm ready to move on. Been a tough year, and I'm excited for where God is leading me with 2012!

Rolled Up Pretty said...

Looks like you had a FUN year Gentri! CUTE PICTURES! Bring on 2012! :)

Purposely at Home said...

yay for this year!!! i loved this year but am so ready for the new one to see what God has in store...:) i hope you have an amazing christmas, gentri!

Whitney said...

Looks like you had quite the year!

EmilyLynn said...

I went to Lake Louise a few years ago..actually probably like 8 years ago. We hiked up to the Tea Room and had lunch. It was freezing and rainy but I was so amazed at how beautiful it was!!

Amber said...

I love when bloggers do a recap of their year. Its fun looking back on all the awesome photos. Hope 2012 is just as spectacular for you!

Brittany said...

What a fun post & year! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

my soul is the sky said...

haha i thought about making one of these too...i'm glad you did, it was fun to see all your adventures :)

Alexis Kaye said...

you've done great things this year! way to go! :D

memory said...

next year is going to be even better for you, gentri! :D i love that picture where you have all of that paint all over your face!!(:

xoxo
southernpinky.blogspot.com

p.s. thanks for your comment on my grandkid's christmas post today! i loved it, seriously. i'm so thankful for my cousins, i'm sure you are too.(:

boyishchic said...

LOVE these photos! You're too cute. <3!
xx. Jillian

A Lost Feather said...

this is a great year in review :) such awesome photos! i loved "traveling" to alaska with you! banff.. i want to go to there SO BAD ahh!

i'm excited to see what 2012 has in store for you and i'm so very glad i "met" you in 2011!

Emmett Katherine said...

I'm glad you had such a great year! love your instagram collage, you def have some photography skills ;) here's to 2012 being just as great ad 2011!

Courtney B said...

Aw!! I LOVE this post! What a great idea, to look back on the year and see just how GREAT it was! You had an amazing year, that's for sure!
And I'm so glad we met :) You're so dang cute!
And I totally plan on seeing the ice castles (is that what they're called?) in midway this year! I remember seeing them on your blog last year! I do all sorts of things because of what I see on your blog... like the UP house? haha!

shopgirl said...

Your year looks amazing Gentri! I would love to do that drive from Alaska. Sounds awesome!

xoxo

Reese
http://rambleswithreese.etsy.com
http://rambleswithreese.blogspot.com

Janette said...

What a greeeaaat year you had Gentri! I've been wanting to do a similar post, but where would I begin? Goodness! Anyway! You are a brave one for rock climbing without professional equipment. I would've peepeed my pants for sure.. lol Hoping 2012 is extra amazing!

Janette, the Jongleur

PS. I don't like New Years.. I always get depressed for some reason.. I always think things like, "This may be the year one of my parents gets sick (they're kind of old)..." etc. etc. And I'm not usually pessimistic.. Bahhh... Anywho.. Sorry for leaving the long comments today.. Have a good one G!

ginanorma said...

this is a really really neat idea, I loved seeing all your pics and hearing about your adventures and your year!

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